Life Hack – Medicine

When you visit the hospital in Japan, the doctor obviously knows what kind of medicine fits to your health issue, whether it is fever, cold, muscle ache, bloating stomach etc. After receiving the prescription, you just go to the pharmacy and you can get the right medicines.
But in the case, you are not interested to visit the doctor and you just want to get the simple over-the-counter medicines, then you need to visit a drugstore. In Japan, most medicines are not obtained from the combini (24-hours stores).

Here is a list of the basic medicines for general illnesses or any other health issues.

Health issues like

  • Headache
  • Throat ache
  • Fever
  • Cold
  • Muscle ache


To help out kanji-challenged expats in Japan (like me), translation and pronunciation of the most useful medicines in Japan are noted. There might be different brands in various drugstores, but these items are common here and easy to find. Hopefully it is useful and easy to understand, since translation camera apps are not always doing their job properly.

The products are explained as:

    • Original Japanese name
    • English name
    • Japanese pronunciation / Japanese name in Roman
    • Function

Medicine in Japan

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Tulip Self Quarantine Service

Great news, the Japanese government has allowed more foreign students to enter Japan since the beginning of November.
However, these students need to quarantine for 10 days in Japan before they are really allowed to go out in Japan. Not only for international new students, but any female foreigner who is searching for an accommodation which is also allowed to quarantine the first 10 days, we provide the self quarantine service in our share houses!

Self Quarantine Tulip Service

Arriving at Narita Airport:

Book a seat for a Keisei train ride from Narita airport to Ueno station in Tokyo beforehand.  Currently, it is 4,500 yen per person to book a seat in this train and a parking spot in Ueno.

Please check for more information in Keisei Travel website:

If you are planning to stay in our Tulip share house, we will pick you up by car at your booked parking spot in Ueno. It is demanded from the Japanese government to be transported by private car or corona taxi. Our car service is
just 4,000 yen.

Tulip will prepare garbage bags, masks and sanitizer in the room of the new international resident. If the resident requests for more, it is negotiable.

Tulip is able to buy the grocery from the new resident twice in 10 days and the first and the second time of grocery deliveries cost 1,500 yen per time. The grocery list needs to be emailed to Tulip and the cost of the grocery shopping items needs to be paid back by the resident.
The third time of grocery delivery will be 5,000 yen.

Tulip will guide you about the quarantine rules in the share house, like the usage of the common bathrooms which need to be used by current residents as well.

For more information about this service, please contact us

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Convenient Stores November 2021, week 2

A lot of Japanese Chain stores have a lot of different campaigns. The changes happen quite often and all those advertisements online and at stores can be overwhelming.

This time it is about the 24hours convenient stores. There are moments when you are super busy and don’t have time or aren’t in the mood to cook, convenient stores are quite convenient, aren’t they?

Campaign Convenient stores 2021 November

If you are a regular customer, probably you would be bored if they always had the same items. Actually these stores provide new food items each week. So you are able to try different items. Surprisingly, the list is long! Although, not each store orders each time a new collection, so depending on the store which new items are available.

This week, the second week of November 2021, here is an example, but if you are curious weekly, these are the pages of the 3 main convenient stores in Kanto:


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Beside of themes and new items, they also have discount campaign, buy 1 and get another 1 for free campaign, get a gift campaign etc. Although, some of the campaigns you will get a voucher with your normal receipt, so you need to keep those vouchers with you. A bit of hard work reading Japanese is necessary.

For people who love those campaigns, check these pages of their websites:


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The fun part is the theme campaigns. For a certain period, the most of the time, it is about 1 month, there are certain items which are related to a theme. This month Familymart has a Cheese theme “Super Cheese Festival”. More target products with cheese are available and you are able to win 50 yen discount for each cheese item. Beside of this theme, Familmart has another theme campaign going on: “Movie Sumikko Gurashi”.
They are sweets available of this theme and you are able to collect stamps. When having enough Movie Sumikko Gurashi stamps, you can get a bag, plates, and other gifts.
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Newly Opening!!! – Witt-style Roppongi Share House

Located only a 10 minute walk from Roppongi station, but nestled in the leafy suburbs you won’t even realise that you’re just a stone’s throw from one of Tokyo’s party capitals. Roppongi is also known for its high-end shopping malls with beautiful surrounding areas, such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. Tokyo Midtown especially runs many free events such as illuminations and park yoga, it’s impossible to be bored in this exciting part of town.

The house’s location is incredibly convenient; only 5 minutes from Roppongi Itchome station serviced by the Namboku line and 10 minutes from Roppongi station for the Oedo and Hibiya lines. A 24 hour convenience store is less than a minute away, just around the corner.

Newly renovated, the house’s furnishings are all brand new. The kitchen has patio doors leading out to the balcony giving the room heaps of sunlight. The palette has been kept neutral giving a fresh feeling to this shared living space. There is free wifi in all areas.

The deposit for any room in the house is 30,000 yen. No hidden fees at all!

Private rooms:

All private rooms come with a TV socket and are decorated individually.

Room 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Room 2 (1F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 3 (2F) – 76,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 4 (2F) – 79,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee)

Room 5 (2F) – 77,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 6 (2F) – 75,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Room 7 (2F) – 74,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED


These dormitories are actually semi-private rooms with curtains instead of doors. In the house’s peaceful atmosphere you shouldn’t be disturbed by your neighbour at all and the curtain provides complete privacy. There is an indoor drying room just for use by dormitory residents so you can hang up your washing rain or shine.

Dormitory 1 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 2 (1F) – RESERVED

Dormitory 3 (1F) – 48,000 yen (+13,000 yen utility fee) – RESERVED

Dormitory 4 (1F) – RESERVED

Indoor drying room

Only the entrance is curtained making the space very private.

The house’s maximum capacity is 11 people. Shared facilities are:

1 shower

1 bath

2 toilets

2 sinks

1 kitchen/living area

2 washing machines (free) and 1 clothes dryer (coin operated)

Now open for viewings so make an inquiry now! Moving in will be possible later this month!

Tulip Real Estate:

Phone: 03-6914-7366
Fax: 03-6914-7376
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Tokyo on a Budget: Dormitory Life in a Tulip Share House

When you think of dormitories what do you imagine? Metal frame bunkbeds in a questionable, overcrowded hostel? Loud travellers coming back at all hours? No privacy? No storage space? Unsafe?

Tulip Real Estate provides dormitories that ensure privacy, your own storage space, safety and cleanliness. Rather than a traditional dormitory, they are like your own compact room. Some even contain your own fridge and air conditioner. They are usually separated from the common area with a blackout curtain, but some actually have a normal door that you can lock.

You can retain the sense of community associated with living in a dormitory and make friends easily, without having to lose any privacy. It is perfectly possible to live comfortably in them for months or even years as many of our residents are currently doing!

But the best part of Tulip’s dormitories is the rent cost! Moving to Tokyo usually means living on a budget. By living in a Tulip dormitory you can stay in the heart of Tokyo without breaking the bank. Our cheapest start at just 37,000 yen per month and the most expensive is 52,000 yen. (This includes all utility costs and free WiFi!)

Here are some examples of houses with dormitories:

Witt-style Jingu

How much would you pay to live a 5 minute walk from the famous Yoyogi Park? Believe it or not, you can live in this upmarket area for under 50,000 yen per month including all bills. Witt-style Jingu’s dormitories are like your own compact room. Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku are all accessible by walking or cycling and the house has free bicycle parking!


Dormitories in Witt-style Jingu include:

✓Clothes rail
✓Air conditioner (shared or your own depending on room)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Door with lock/blackout curtain
✓Safety box (only rooms with curtain)

(Monthly inclusive rent: 48,900 – 51,900 yen)


Witt-style Peppermint

Live in beautiful, traditional Asakusa for as little as 43,000 yen per month. The house is perfectly located, far away enough from the tourists to be peaceful but still only a stone’s throw away from the bustling Senso-ji temple. Ueno is just a 20 minute walk away! These are the biggest dormitories of any of our houses and are stylishly decorated.

Dormitories in Witt-style Peppermint include:

✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Safety box
✓Blackout curtain over entrance ensuring full privacy

(Monthly inclusive rent: 43,000 – 48,000 yen)


Happy House Vitamin Color

This super affordable house is located just a 15 minute walk away from the Japanese pop culture haven, Nakano Broadway. A direct train from the nearest station gets you to Shinjuku in 15 minutes, meaning great access for women who work or study in that area. The dormitories in this house are inspired by Japanese capsule hotels; private sleeping spaces are in a row with one on top of the other. Although the space is small, it still comes with a table and some bedside storage. But don’t worry, there is extra storage designated for tenants outside of the sleeping space as well! A great, cheaper alternative to hostels, these dormitories can even be booked through our Airbnb page for 2 week stays and above!

Dormitories in Happy House Vitamin Color include:

✓Air conditioner (shared)
✓Window (depending on room)
✓Small bedside storage
✓Large clothes rack and storage space
✓Safety box

(Monthly inclusive rent: 37,000 – 40,000 yen)

If you are interested in any of these houses an inquiry can be sent straight from our website! You can also browse for more options, including private rooms.

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Gomi Guide: Let’s Talk TRASH in Japan!

Gomi ごみ (sometimes written ゴミ) is the Japanese word for garbage. Living in Japan, one of the first things you’ll need to do is get familiar with your area’s gomi guide. Trash-related issues could easily become a cause of trouble for you or your neighbors, so let’s get off on the right foot!

There’s no simple way to describe Japan’s garbage sorting system. Waste disposal is carried out at the municipal level, which means that each city, town, and district has a completely different system. To establish a comfortable life for both you and others in the community, it is important to follow the local rules for trash collection.

Figuring out how it’s done!

① When you move into a new address, your real estate agent or property manager should provide you with a trash separation pamphlet from your local municipal office. If not, you can pick one up from your city hall or even find the information online if it is offered.

② Refer to notices and signs posted in communal areas near your house around the neighborhood.

※ The majority of these will be stated only in Japanese so if you can’t read kanji but have a smart phone, Google translate will be very handy!

A trash schedule sign will be posted to indicated where you can leave your trash for pick-up.

Which trash is which? How do I seperate it?

Trash in Japan is largely separated into 3 types.

Combustible/Burnable Trash: Food waste, paper scraps, dirty plastic products, old clothing, rubber and leather materials, etc. These charts pretty much sum it up.

Non-Combustible/Non-Burnable Trash: Metals, glass, ceramics, spray cans, broken light bulbs, etc.

※ Garbage that can be separated as plastics have a “プラ” mark (for plastic in Japanese) on the product label. PET bottle caps and their plastic sleeves should be removed and disposed with your “Plastics.” Don’t forget that your “plastics” such as convenient store bentos and plastic food containers must be rinsed and dried before putting it out.

Recyclable Trash: Glass bottles, aluminum cans, PET bottles, cardboard, old papers, milk cartons, magazines and books, etc.

In some wards, PET Bottles and Plastic Containers / Package are sometimes separated from Recyclable Garbage and will be collected on a different day.

Large/Oversized Disposable Items: Bicycles, futons, furniture, etc.

For oversized items, you must call and request ahead of time to arrange a pick-up with your particular ward. Refer to your garbage seperation pamphlet or gomi guide and the phone number for large trash pick-up should be written there. Once you have arranged a day for the large trash pick-up, there is a “large trash” sticker you should buy from the convenience store and put it on your large trash. This indicates that your large trash disposal has been properly arranged.

※ Major home appliances such as TV sets, air conditioners, computers, refrigerators/freezers, and washing/drying machines cannot be collected as oversized trash. If you are replacing the old item with a new one, be sure to tell the shop to collect the old item.

How to throw it out:

For household garbage disposal, you will need to collect your garbage according to the ward’s scheduled garbage pick-up day. Check to see which garbage will be picked up that morning whether that be burnable, non-burnable, recycleable, etc. Usually, the pick up time is no later than 8:00 A.M. so try not to miss it! You can sometimes put out your trash late the night before garbage pick-up.

It is recommended that your trash is in a clear, transparent plastic bag so the contents are visible. If you have large volumes of trash, you can purchase these large trash bags at the convenience store or supermarket. Be sure to follow these rules or your trash may not be picked up!

Though sorting garbage can be a pain sometimes, together as a society it is very efficient and eco-friendly. We are living each day as a member of a house, a member of a community, and of course as a contributor of the world, so let’s show some love and care.



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